After six years since we first went to Tokyo Auto Salon, we’re back in Japan for one of the biggest auto salon in the world. Instead of only 8 halls back then, it has expanded into 11 halls in total. This time around, the focus were more on the Subaru BRZ and the Toyota 86. A whole lot of tuners focused their modification of the exterior on the Rocket Bunny kits. There were a whole arrays of new aftermarket products for all kinds of tuners to get their hands on.
The only downpart was the six-hour travel in the cramped-up AirAsia complete with a really annoying stewardess telling us off not to change seats despite the fact that it was vacant and no one complained about us moving around. As if we’re not a paying customer.
A day before Tokyo Auto Salon, we had the opportunity to be a part of RWB (RAUH Welt Behgriff), an aftermarket tuner for Porsche. Meeting up with Nakai-san was incredible and the fact that he can speak made it easier for us to ask around about RWB. For a meagre RM100,000 +, you’d get the widest, lowest and most intimidating Porsche around. There were 7 RWB’ed Porsches in Thailand and none in Malaysia. During the gathering, there were 30 RWB Porsches that got us running around, snapping pictures like mad! The fact that it was extremely cold eluded us as we hang around for 4 hours at the parking lot beside Hard Rock Cafe, Roppongi.
The day after, our friend Kazunori Miyamoto was busy with work and so we had to be independent and registered as media on our own. No more cutting queues as we did back in 2006 and queueing in the extreme cold was not a thing we’re accustomed to at all.
No auto salon would be complete without the beauties, strutting around the halls and flashing their smiles for anyone holding cameras at the halls. First-timers might risk spraining their necks checking out ’em girls.
The modification featured by hundreds of tuners and aftermarket companies had us all in awe of the prospect of modding a ride. Do look forward for a 30-pages extensive exposure of Tokyo Auto Salon in the issue 193 of OnTheRoad magazine.
words: hage’ pix: Hazwan Najims, Faiz Zakariah, Jeo & hage’